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Collins Fire Department Receives $20K

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Parkway Pipeline LLC. is donating 20 thousand dollars to the Collins Fire Department. 


Kinder Morgan is the third largest energy company in North America. The company partnered with Valero Energy Cooperation to form Parkway Pipeline.

The company is constructing a 141 mile underground pipeline that will start in Norco, Louisiana and end at existing petroleum sites in Collins - carrying gasoline and diesel fuel.


"We protect one of the largest petroleum bulk storage assets in the southeastern United States," says Collins Fire Chief, John Pope. He says all the fuel used along the eastern seaboard is pipelined through Collins or in stored in these farm tanks in town. The monetary contribution will go towards upgrading equipment to ensure the department is up to par to handle any emergencies at the gasoline distribution sites. "The plan is to utilize the funds to purchase upgraded personal protection to our firefighters and also use it toward the purchase of two new apparatuses."

According to Pope when dealing with petroleum based fires - the same fire-protective gear is worn by firefighters. But, firefighting foam is used to extinguish gasoline fires. "We keep are large compliment, the largest compliment of freighting foam in the state of Mississippi and then in southeaster region," says Pope.

"This fire department is not only critical to the city of Collins in Covington County bit it is known throughout the Mississippi and really throughout the county as being on the cutting edge of fire protection," says Allen Fore, Public Affairs Director for Kinder Morgan.

Parkway pipeline is an energy pipeline that will transfer gasoline and diesel fuel from Louisiana to Mississippi. It's currently under construction and is expected to be complete in September.

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